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4-Day Mountaineering Course Dates:

 

Course cost: $700 each with a minimum of 2 participants.

 

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Snow School Course Dates:

 

 

 

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Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel Course Dates:

 

 

Course cost: $350 each with a minimum of 2 participants.

 

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Advanced Crevasse Rescue Course Dates:

 

 

 

Course cost: $185 each with a minimum of 2 participants.

 

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719.368.9524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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719.368.9524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Mountaineering & Alpinism Course Dates:

 

Course cost: $350 each with a minimum of 2 participants.

 

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Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

Alpine Training for Rock Snow & Ice

  • 4-Day Mountaineering Course, Intermediate level training and instruction. 4-Day Course
  • Snow School, Snow climbing Introduction. 1-Day Course
  • Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel, Intermediate level training and instruction. 2-Day Course
  • Advanced Crevasse Rescue, Advanced level training. 1-Day Course
  • Guided Snow Climbs, Intermediate climbs, guided. 1-Day Guided Climb
  • Advanced Mountaineering and Alpinism, Advanced level training and instruction. 2-Day Course

4-Day Mountaineering Course, Alpine Rock & Snow

Intermediate Level Course

On this course the skills and techniques taught are a strong foundation for the aspiring mountaineer and alpinist. This course is conducted in easily accessed and unmatched alpine terrain on Pikes Peak. With this level of access we have more time in alpine terrain for training. This is our most popular and intensive program and many participants take this training to the great mountain ranges of the world.

Trip requirements: This is an intermediate level course and some previous mountaineering/climbing experience is necessary. Days average 10 hours, training is intensive, complete and comprehensive. All participants should be in very good physical condition. Email us for gear list and any other inquires.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Risk management in alpine terrain.
  • Knot craft.
  • Belaying techniques for rock and snow.
  • Anchors for rock and alpine terrain.
  • Rock climbing skills.
  • Rope management.
  • Introduction to short rope, & short pitch terrain.
  • Self arrest.
  • Snow climbing.
  • Snow anchors, pickets, ice axe T-trench, bollards, etc.
  • Introduction to glacier travel roping up and pre-rigging.

Course schedule:

DAY 1: Meet at PPAS shop in downtown Colorado Springs to go over all gear required for the course. Discuss risk management and climbers resources. Climb for the remainder of the day and overnight Colorado Springs.
DAY 2: Meet 7am for rock climbing in an alpine setting on Pikes Peak. Skills covered are climbing 4th and 5th class, advanced belaying, anchors, rappelling, route-finding, and map, compass and altimeter.
DAY 3: Meet at 7am for a day of snow school and alpine rock/snow climbing on Pikes Peak. Learn and refresh self-arrest on snow using ice axes, crampon use, rigging for glacier travel, crevasse rescue, steep snow climbing.
DAY 4 : Ascent of Pikes Peak via a more technical route utilizing all the skills learned over past three days. Participants may be in the lead for portions of this ascent

Guides will tailor this itinerary in order to best match the skills and interests of the group with the mountain weather and route conditions.

Course cost: $700 each, with a minimum of 2 participants. $1,100 private 1:1, 4-day course.

Group rates available, contact us for details.


Snow School, Snow Climbing Introduction

Basic Level Course

The fundamentals of snow and glacier climbing are taught from the ground up. This training takes place in the alpine terrain above 11,500' on Pikes Peak in the Glen Cove Cirque. Here we have an abundance of snow routes and terrain to work on our snow skills advancement.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Self-belay and self-arrest.
  • Movement skills on snow and steep snow.
  • Axe and crampon selection and use.
  • Route selection and group travel techniques.
PREREQUISITES:
No previous experience needed.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
Stiff mountaineering boots, winter clothing and headwear are required. Crampons, ice axe, harness and helmets are supplied. We do rent double plastic boots. Email us for gear list and any other inquires.

GUIDE TO GUEST PRICE RATIOS:
Prices are per person

8+hours

1:1 (private)
2:1 (private)
$295
$185

Schedule this course with Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel, and receive 10% off both courses.


Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel Introduction, 2-day

Intermediate Level Course

This segment adds glacier travel techniques to your skill set and alpine training. Rigging for glacier, roped travel for glaciated and non-glaciated terrain, and crevasse rescue skills in preparation for glaciated peaks such as Mount Rainier and beyond.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Route selection.
  • Rigging for glacier travel.
  • Knot craft and rope management.
  • Snow anchors.
  • Belay techniques, and fixed lines.
  • Rappelling considerations and rope ascent.
  • Crevasse Rescue, 3:1 z-pulley, direct haul systems.
  • Other advanced techniques.
PREREQUISITES:
Previous snow climbing experience or Snow School Course.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
Stiff mountaineering boots, winter clothing and headwear are required. Crampons, ice axe, harness and helmets are supplied. We do rent double plastic boots. Email us for gear list and any other inquires.

GUIDE TO GUEST PRICE RATIOS:
Prices are per person

8+hours each day

1:1 (private)
2:1 (private)
$550
$350

Schedule this course with Snow School, and receive 10% off both courses.


Advanced Crevasse Rescue, 1-day

Advanced Level Course

This segment takes crevasse rescue to the next level. We all know 3:1 direct haul but here we introduce many other systems that can prove much more efficient during a real crevasse fall. For those who want the right tool for the job this advanced course offers a multitude of systems from which to draw from in the crevasse field.

Advanced Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Rigging for glacier travel.
  • Knot craft and rope management.
  • Snow anchors.
  • Belay techniques, and fixed lines.
  • Rappel and rope ascent.
  • Crevasse Rescue, C-loop, 6:1, 5:1 haul systems and more tools to draw from.
  • Block and tackle for fast error correction.
  • Other advanced techniques.
PREREQUISITES:
Previous crevasse rescue skills necessary. Must be dialed on 3:1 direct haul and basic snow anchors.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
Stiff mountaineering boots, winter clothing and headwear are required. Crampons, ice axe, harness and helmets are supplied. We do rent double plastic boots. Email us for gear list and any other inquires.

GUIDE TO GUEST PRICE RATIOS:
Prices are per person

8+hours each day

1:1 (private)
2:1 (private)
$295
$185


Guided Alpine Climbs

Y-Couloir, North Face Ascent

This is a seasonal climb, but when its in condition it's a true alpine classic in big terrain. Best as a spring and summer climb "the Y" is a first snow climb and ascent for many and climbers are drawn to it's perfect beauty.

We'll depart Colorado Springs at 7am and drive the Pikes Peak Highway. We will drop into the Bottomless Pit and start the 2,100' snow climb. We also have the option to start higher on the highway and approach via the Hero Traverse above the western edge of the Bottomless Pit. This appetizing warm-up peaks your interest and tests your footwork in a dramatic alpine setting. Once the traverse is complete we ascent the last 1,200' of "the Y". Both route options afford spectacular views as we climb neve snow directly up the North Face of Pikes Peak and top out in the middle of the broad summit.

PREREQUISITES:
Previous snow climbing experience or Snow School required.

GUIDE TO GUEST PRICE RATIOS:

Prices are per person

1:1
2:1
3:1
$295
$185
$165
Maximum: 1:3

Glen Cove, Alpine Rock and Snow Climbs

The Glen Cove Cirque snow climbs are not as committing as the Y Couloir but just as fun and a good place to practice snow skills and hone technique. Here we have many couloirs and alpine rock to choose from as we ascend to the top of the Glen Cove Cirque and to an area called Devil's Playground. From here we can see Denver on a clear day.

PREREQUISITES:
Previous snow climbing experience or Snow School required.

GUIDE TO GUEST PRICE RATIOS:

Prices are per person

1:1
2:1
3:1
$295
$185
$165
Maximum: 1:3


Advanced Mountaineering and Alpinism

Advanced Level Course, contact us for private scheduling.

This course is for the mountaineer and alpinist looking to hone and refine skills already in practice. Designed to help you move safer, faster and more efficiently in big mountain terrain. After a day of skills and . You will be in the lead a lot of the time on this course with our guides there for advice and critique on risk management, alpine movement and techniques. This training takes place high on Pikes Peak in the Glen Cove Cirque and on the North Face including the Y-Couloir. Here we practice advanced techniques and learn new skills for application of efficient movement and route protection in big mountain terrain.

Trip requirements: Previous experience required (4-Day Mountaineering course or other mountain/glacier experience). Stiff mountaineering boots, winter clothing and headwear are required. You should have your own crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet. Email us for gear list and any other inquires.

Skills taught but not limited to:

  • Risk management in alpine terrain.
  • Self-belay and self-arrest review.
  • Movement skills on snow and steep snow including a climb of the Y-Couloir or other Pikes classics.
  • Movement skills and belays on alpine rock.
  • Advanced ice axe and crampon use.
  • Route selection and group travel techniques.
  • Advanced knot craft and rope management.
  • Snow anchors for protection, belay and rescue.
  • Rappelling considerations.
  • Route selection.
  • Rigging for glacier travel.
  • Belay techniques, and fixed lines.
  • Advanced crevasse rescue, 3:1 z-pulley refresher, c-pulley systems, 6:1 haul systems.

Course cost: $550 1:1, $350 1:2, 2-day course. Group rates available, contact us for details.

 

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